Gert is a great fan of Amelia Bloomer’s approach to fashion, though not so much of her views on temperance. So she was delighted to read of the modern reinvention of The Rational Dress Society of 1881, which followed on from Mrs Bloomer’s vision by advocating boneless stays, fashion that does not deform the body and underwear that weighs less than 7 lbs. Sound advice, which Gert has always followed.
The modern Rational Dress Society is the creation of Maura Brewer and Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, who have designed “an ungendered mono-garment to replace all clothes in perpetuity”. This takes the form of a jumpsuit in either white or black, made from sustainable fabric. They have patterns in two hundred and forty-eight sizes to fit almost any body type. You can print the pattern for free from their website or, for a hundred and fifty dollars, order one ready-made. Here’s their website so you can do just that. There’s no information about underwear, but you can’t go wrong with the less-than-7-lbs rule.
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